How many different sports were there initially?
Initially the youth club had gymnastics, physical culture, yoga, ballroom dancing, softball, netball, soccer, cricket, badminton, squash, fishing, drama classes, boxing, junior gymnastics. These sports folded after a while due to the lack of people, volunteers to run them. Narrabeen Youth Club continues to manage both football and netball clubs.
When did the Narrabeen Youth Club Begin?
The club began in May 1965, when Narrabeen R.S.L called for a meeting at which every sporting code with the name “Narrabeen” could attend. These included ‘The Narrabeen Amateur Soccer club’, ‘North Narrabeen Cricket Club’ and the ‘Swallows Basketball Club’. These associations agreed to join forces to form what we know today as the Narrabeen Youth Club.
What were the main reasons for beginning the club? Was it a personal dream of yours?
I had been involved in soccer for a long time. I wanted to unite the local sporting clubs and create an association to provide sporting activities for the local community. It was a personal dream of mine to start the youth club after I joined the Narrabeen Amateur soccer club.
Ted Blackwood (centre) with his Daughter and Granddaughter
Ronda Alterator (OAM) - Life Member, Ted Blackwood (founder) and Gail McDonough (former President)